Athens has won the war against Persia, but now what? The Golden Age of Pericles, that's what! He's building temples, making money, enlarging an empire, all in the name of democracy.
Darby Vickers from the History of Greece podcast stops by to talk about the Great Democrat as well as what it's like to visit the Parthenon today. The one in Athens, not the one in Nashville. She also talks about Greek bakeries and the joy that is spanakotiropita.
The intro today (my first one ever!) is from Lynn Perkins of the History of the Ottoman Empire podcast. He does fine work, and I can't wait to bug him when I get to Topkapi Palace.
Everitt, Anthony. The Rise of Athens: the Story of the World's Greatest Civilization
Green, Peter. The Parthenon
Herodotus. The Histories
The Lonely Planet Guide to Greece
Rick Steves' Greece: Athens & the Peloponnese
Thucydides. History of the Peloponnesian War
Photo by Andrew Baldwin